Acquainted with the night

I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain—and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light. — Robert Frost

Unidentified Woman ca. 1950’s – Walter Silver Photographs

Daylight never offers
her the soothing roughness
of pillow-fights with night
or the silk
that only moonlight knows.

She’s not a cat but
she yawns and seal
the shutters to the craze
of clockwork from citiscape-
rush of human herds
always late at yet
another break of dawn.

”I only thrive at dusk”,
she smears with lipstick
on the bathroom mirror,
as she lets her hair be rivers,
retracts her claws,
waiting for the night to bless
her from her dreams.

Linked to Margret’s prompt at toads and Poetry Pantry

April 28, 2019

24 responses to “Acquainted with the night

  1. I love this especially; “I only thrive at dusk, she smears with lipstick
    on the bathroom mirror, as she lets her hair be rivers, retracts her claws.” ❤️

  2. silken moonlight, rivers of loosened hair, the blessing of the night… beautiful all!

  3. Marvellous, Björn, especially ‘pillow-fights with night’ and
    ‘…she lets her hair be rivers,
    retracts her claws,
    waiting for the night to bless
    her from her dreams’.

  4. How I wish the night would bless me sometimes! Fortunate is the character in your poem to receive nighttime blessings, not blastings!

  5. So many fabulous lines in this beautifully penned piece. My fav:

    ‘or the silk
    that only moonlight knows.’

  6. That first stanza… swoonworthy. When we find the things that feel like they were made from the same fabric as our souls, it’s only natural to want to wrap ourselves up in them.

  7. I really love your wonderful descriptions–all moon-rich and nature-sleek. And even more, I love how this makes me think of someone who carries her shape around, changing in and out of it, as night and day dance their dance.

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